Apr 20 16

The Betjeman Arms, St Pancras International Station, N1

Jack Cutforth

Visited: Thursday 18 February by JB & JC


But I’m dying now and done for.
What on earth was all the fun for?

  • Sir John Betjeman

The Betjeman Arms is a station pub in the truest sense of the word, in that it’s inside a train station. It even has TVs with train departure times on, like they have in the pubs in airports. So you can pretend you’re about to fly off to St Moritz rather than about to catch the 17.03 service to Peterborough (delayed).

The train station in question is St Pancras. By the way, about half of you should re-read the last word in that sentence and make a note that it doesn’t contain the letter ‘e’. Please stop saying you’re going to St. Pancreas station. There is no St Pancreas. Still struggling? Here’s a handy way to remember: There are no saints named after digestive organs, because OBVIOUSLY, FOR FUCK’S SAKE.

Anyway, the pub is named for Sir John Betjeman, because he was a huge fan of Victorian architecture and successfully campaigned to save St Pancras station from demolition. Which makes it an insult to his memory when you call it St Pancreas, frankly. I mean, what next, St Gall Bladder station? For God’s sake.

Sorry, I’ll stop going on about it now. The Betjeman Arms is surprisingly nice for a station pub. Actually, it’s quite nice for a normal pub. The lager selection is decent, and we had a Yakima Red and Lawless IPA for a slightly pricey £10.80.

It’s deceivingly spacious and there are a few different rooms, including a snug, and there’s even a space ‘outside’ which isn’t really outside but overlooks the platforms, so you can watch people miss their trains while you drink. Don’t smoke there, though. You are still in the station. Hence all the trains.

This is a pub in a train station that’s actually worth visiting even if you’re not in the station. Seriously, when people ask us where’s good around Euston or King’s Cross, this is one of our recommendations. Just don’t pronounce it St Pancreas. Please. For Sir John.

Beer: 4
Price: 3
Service: 3
Atmosphere: 3

Do they do food? Yes, standard pub grub.
Are they in the 21st Century? No minimum spend.
Are there dogs? Seems dog friendly.
I want to smoke: Quite a few benches and heaters out front.
Televisions? Showing live departures so you can watch as your train is delayed by 13 hours because someone thought they saw a leaf near the line a couple of weeks ago.